There have been a number of changes in Manning Hall over the last several months and the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has new space that includes a classroom, seminar rooms, a video studio, faculty and staff offices and cluster spaces for researchers to more easily collaborate on projects.
On January 22, 2014, SILS hosted an open house in collaboration/coordination with the UNC at Chapel Hill Library Staff Development Committee. The event offered Library staff an opportunity to visit the new spaces and to hear about the research and development taking place in the newly formed cluster areas and other parts of the School.
Coordinated by members of the Library Staff Development Committee, including Dr. Jane Greenberg, professor and director of the Metadata Research Center (and SILS representative on the Committee), the open house began with a brief welcome from Greenberg and Associate Dean, Barbara Wildemuth.
Approximately 40 UNC Library staff members met on the garden level of Manning Hall and were then divided into groups to visit the research cluster areas on three floors. Tour stops included the Information Interaction group, Data group and Widernet on the garden level, the iBiblio and Bitcurator teams on the second floor and the Health Informatics section on the third floor. The visit ended with a reception with library staff who were joined by SILS faculty. The open house was sponsored by SILS.
"We were delighted to have our Library colleagues visit our new spaces which included our state-of-the-art classrooms and the R&D collaboratory areas here in Manning Hall,” said Dr. Gary Marchionini, dean of SILS and Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor. “Sharing information about the research our faculty and students are exploring is always a pleasure.”
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